Clare is a crossroads at the intersection of U.S. 27 and U.S. 10, and at the gateway to northern Michigan. Its most prominent building is the Doherty Hotel (1922–1924, Clarence L. Cowles) at 604 N. McEwan Street. The hotel served as a convenient stopping place for motorists. The community was platted on the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad, and it became a shipping center for sheep, cattle, and hogs. Grain elevators stand as evidence of the importance of agriculture and shipping to Clare. The community was incorporated as a village in 1879 and as a city in 1891. Today, with the Michigan Department of Transportation's Welcome Center just north of the city, Clare remains an automobile crossroads.
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